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17 Oct 2017

Family of Monkeypox Victim Who Committed Suicide in Bayelsa Blasts Hospital, Asks Questions

The family of the monkeypox sufferer who committed suicide in Bayelsa State, has blasted the hospital the man was in, asking some pertinent questions.

A new report by The Nation has revealed that the Monkeypox victim who committed suicide at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has been identified as Mr. Perekebina Biu.

Biu, who was receiving treatment in the isolation ward of the hospital reportedly hanged himself with a rope.

It was gathered that the deceased until the incident was the Treasurer of the Agbere Youth body in Sagbama Local Government Area and was married with three children.

His father, it was learnt, hails from Patani in Delta state while his mother is from Agbere community.

Agbere was reportedly recovering from the Monkeypox disease he contacted in Yenagoa before he took his life.

Family sources, who spoke in confidence formulated some posers for the management of NDUTH.

They accused the hospital management of negligence wondering how a patient in a quarantine centre could take his life easily without the knowledge of doctors and nurses.

A source said: “The late victim was in the hospital for treatment. And he was responding to treatment though. But come to think about it, how did it happen?

“The Monkeypox victims were supposed to be in an isolated area. Where were the Doctors, nurses and other staff? Where did he get the rope? The hospital management has a question to answer.”

The deceased, according to family sources had no record of a mental case.

The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, said the deceased was among the 21 suspected cases of ‘Monkeypox’ that were being managed at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH).

He expressed regret that the patient took his own life despite speedily recovering from the disease.

He  ‎said the deceased medical history did not suggest any mental illness or features of depression.

He maintained that the patient did not die from the Monkeypox disease.

Etebu said that the police and his family had been duly contacted and all due diligence was being followed for his funeral.

He sympathised with the family and said that a committee had been put in place to evaluate his past and recent clinical and social history.

He said the examination would determine “if there were undisclosed mental illness or personal family problem that could have justified the suicide”.

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